Zoom CEO Gives Videoconferencing Tools To K-12 Schools For Free (Sorry Students!)

A few weeks ago I didn’t even know Zoom existed. Now, I’ve used the app to talk with several family members as well as my therapist. All my teacher friends are talking about (besides their existential dread) is Zoom this and Zoom that. With our increasing reliance on this software, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan is now giving K-12 schools in Japan, Italy, and the United States Zoom videoconferencing tools for free.

As COVID-19 disrupts daily life and work activities, Zoom has emerged as one of the leading tools schools and businesses are using to keep running. On Wednesday, 343,000 people globally downloaded the Zoom app, 60,000 in the U.S. alone.

“Given that many K-12 schools are starting closing, we decided to offer Zoom access to all K-12 schools in the country starting tomorrow,” Yuan said.

Students or teachers who fill out an online form using their school email addresses and are verified by Zoom will then have any accounts associated with that school’s domain get unlimited temporary meeting minutes. The free Basic accounts are also available by request in Austria, Denmark, France, Ireland, Poland, Romania, and South Korea.

On Twitter, Zoom is also becoming a way for people to joke about the new work-from-home reality many of them are trying to adjust to.

“I’m seeing a lot of funny tweets now, so this is something new,” says Yuan.

Enjoy your Zoom sessions, everyone! It’s the new way to work and play.

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi